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48 hours in Geneva

The Global Blue guide on places to visit, explore and enjoy in the business district of Geneva, from where to stay in five-star luxury to world-famous museums to explore and where to pick up a traditional Swiss souvenir

City Guide
Marina Nelson,

Shop in luxury at Geneva Airport
Whether you’re airside or landside, browse the wide range of luxury boutiques at Geneva Airport.  Indulge at Hermès, Manor department store, Chopard, Rolex, Montblanc, Ralph Lauren and Victoria’s Secret, to name just a few.

Stay in five-star luxury at Beau-Rivage
Make sure your trip to Geneva is a glamorous one with a stay at the luxurious five-star Beau-Rivage hotel, located on the stunning quai du Mont Blanc lakeside promenade. The hotel offers a number of sophisticated apartments, suites and deluxe rooms with rooftop views of Geneva. For the ultimate indulgence, book the historical Sissi suite.  Named after Elisabeth of Austria, commonly known as Sissi and one of the city’s most famous visitors, the suite is steeped in heritage with original souvenirs of the Empress.

Beau Rivage, 13 quai du Mont-Blanc 13, 1201 Geneva, +41 (0)22 716 6666

Explore the city with the Geneva Pass
Travel across Geneva with no limits with the Geneva Pass. Available in one, two or three day versions, the pass offers free access to more than 40 attractions and free travel on public transport. Visit museums, take a lake cruise or take a walking tour through the Old Town.  The list of included excursions and sightseeing tours is impressive, making it perfect for solo travellers and families; prices start at CHF26 per person for a one-day pass.

Order your pass online for a 10% discount.

Geneva Tourist Information Centre, 18 rue du Mont Blanc, 1211 Geneva, +41 (0)22 909 7000

Visit the Patek Philippe museum
One of the world’s most exclusive watch brands, Patek Philippe has a fascinating history that is well worth discovering. Discover the roots of the prestigious brand and more in this well thought-out museum, set over four floors of a 20-century building. The antiques section covers the origins of watchmaking from the 16 century, while the Patek Philippe display looks at the brand’s innovative creations from 1839 to the present. Tickets cost CHF10 for adults; there’s no charge for children under 10.

Patek Philippe Museum, 7 rue des Vieux-Grenadiers, 1205 Geneva, +41 (0)22 807 0910 

Take a fishing boat trip
Be at one with nature and enjoy a fishing trip on Lake Geneva during the summer months.  Book a minimum two-hour tour and head out for an afternoon where your catch of the day will be documented with pictures and videos for Instagram.  To make the trip even more fun, be sure to book an on-board picnic.


Pick up a Swiss souvenir
No trip to Geneva is complete without a souvenir from a traditional Swiss brand and Caran d’Ache is the go-to choice for premium writing instruments and luxury stationery made in Switzerland.  New to the collection is the colourful Prismalo® Aquarelle assorted set of rainbow-coloured water-soluble colour pencils with a cedarwood scent, available in packs of six, 12, 18, 30, 40 and 80, priced from CHF12 to CHF171. Each pack is decorated with a graphic of the Swiss Alps, making this the perfect Swiss souvenir to treasure.

Manor, 6 rue Cornavin, 1211 Geneva, +41 (0)22 909 4699

Visit a chic department store
Home to a number of popular department stores, Geneva offers one-stop shopping for the whole family.  Bongénie in the heart of the city centre is one of the most popular as the luxury fashion house has seven floors. Find international high-fashion brands across fashion, beauty and accessories for men, women and children. Fans of the latest in luxury beauty should be sure to visit BG Beauté for a relaxing and tranquil beauty treatment or body massage.

Bongénie, 34 rue du Marché, 1204 Geneva, +41 (0)22 818 1111

Visit luxury boutiques along Rue du Rhône
This famous shopping street is home to high-fashion boutiques and luxury jewellers. Find men’s tailoring from the likes of Ermenegildo Zegna, Loro Piana and Emporio Armani, among many others. Glamorous womenswear comes courtesy of Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel, Céline, Versace, Gucci and more. For the finest luxury jewels and timepieces, visit Chopard, Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Piaget.



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